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Comprehensive Data Protection Law Passed

PRIVACY LAW—KOREA

May 19, 2011

On March 29, Korea passed the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), which will go into effect September 30. The law broadly restricts the collection, use and retention of personal data and puts limits on the use of closed-circuit television, while also providing for internal controls and litigation of data protection disputes, reports the Bae, Kim & Lee Newsletter. PIPA applies broad definitions to "personal information" and "data handlers" and will overlap the two data protection laws covering telecom service providers and entities handling credit information, respectively. It also requires data handlers to publish personal data handling policies and appoint an individual to be responsible for the data.
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